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Kidnappers Raid Borneo Resort, Taking 6

Armed kidnappers riding in a speedboat raided a remote resort in Malaysian Borneo, seizing six people before escaping, officials said Monday. Three Indonesian and three Filipino migrant workers — all men in their 30s — were taken in the attack on the Borneo Paradise Eco-Farm Resort in eastern Sabah state at about 10:30 p.m. Sunday, Malaysian national police chief Norian Mai said. He said the kidnappers were believed to be Malaysians — possibly pirates — and authorities did not believe any foreign group was involved. But the raid bore some of the hallmarks of two attacks in 2000 on dive resorts in Malaysia by the Abu Sayyaf, an al-Qaida-linked Islamic extremist group in the southern Philippines. In Manila, Lt. Gen. Rodolfo Garcia, chief of staff for the Philippine military, said reports indicated the kidnappers were headed for the southern Philippine island of Mindanao, which “indicates that they could have been a Filipino armed group.” Full Story

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